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Monroe, Georgia
Location in Walton County and the state of Georgia
Location in Walton County and the state of Georgia
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Coordinates: 33°47′36″N 83°42′39″W / 33.79333°N 83.71083°W / 33.79333; -83.71083Coordinates: 33°47′36″N 83°42′39″W / 33.79333°N 83.71083°W / 33.79333; -83.71083
Country United States
State Georgia
County Walton
Area
 • Total 15.88 sq mi (41.12 km2)
 • Land 15.66 sq mi (40.57 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (0.55 km2)
Elevation
909 ft (277 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 13,234
 • Estimate 
(2019)
13,673
 • Density 872.95/sq mi (337.04/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
30655-30656
Area code(s) 470/678/770
FIPS code 13-52192
GNIS feature ID 0356398
Website http://www.monroega.com/

Monroe is a city in Walton County, Georgia, United States. It is located both one hour east of Atlanta via US 78 and GA 138 to I-20 and east of Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport and is one of the exurban cities in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Monroe is also a city known for its accessibility to Conyers just 20 minutes away and Lawrenceville 35 minutes away. The population was 13,234 at the 2010 census and 13,673 at the 2019 estimates.

History

Monroe was founded in 1818 as seat of the newly formed Walton County. It was incorporated as a town in 1821 and as a city in 1896.

Monroe was the premier cotton producer in the state of Georgia during the 1900s. The two main cotton mills in Monroe used to be the driving economic force in the region. Now the mills no longer produce for the cotton industry, but rather serve as economic engines for the region by showcasing premiere antique markets, event space, and other unique retail.

Geography

Monroe is located at 33°47′36″N 83°42′39″W / 33.79333°N 83.71083°W / 33.79333; -83.71083 (33.793295, -83.710790).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27 km2), of which 10.4 square miles (27 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.05%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 438
1880 530 21.0%
1890 983 85.5%
1900 1,846 87.8%
1910 3,029 64.1%
1920 3,211 6.0%
1930 3,706 15.4%
1940 4,168 12.5%
1950 4,542 9.0%
1960 6,826 50.3%
1970 8,071 18.2%
1980 8,854 9.7%
1990 9,759 10.2%
2000 11,407 16.9%
2010 13,234 16.0%
2019 (est.) 13,673 3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,234 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 51.8% White, 42.2% Black, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from some other race and 1.6% from two or more races. 3.4% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,407 people, 4,287 households, 2,983 families living in the city. The population density was 1,101.3 people per square mile (425.1/km2). There were 4,637 housing units at an average density of 447.7 per square mile (172.8/km2). There were 4,287 households, out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.2% were married couples living together, 25.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.7% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.8 males. For every 100 women 18 and over, there were 80.1 men.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $31,568. Males had a median income of $30,717 versus $23,028 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,636 (2008). About 19.8% of families and 22.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.2% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.

The racial makeup of the city is 54.69% White, 42.24% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.26% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 2.52% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Notable natives

  • Alfred H. Colquitt - Georgia governor and senator who served as a Confederate officer
  • Frances Conroy - Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning actress
  • Besse Cooper - world's oldest living person between June 2011 and December 2012
  • Marquis Floyd - NFL player
  • Lonnie Hillyer - jazz trumpeter
  • Tyler Hubbard - country music singer/songwriter, member of the band Florida Georgia Line
  • Martha Wilson Lumpkin - daughter of Georgia Governor and US Senator Wilson Lumpkin, and for whom Atlanta was originally named "Marthasville"
  • Henry Dickerson McDaniel - governor of Georgia from 1883 to 1886
  • Moina Michael - American professor and humanitarian known as the "Poppy Lady"
  • Prince Hulon Preston, Jr. - member of the US House of Representatives
  • Patricia Roberts - US Olympic Silver Medalist and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee
  • Stephon Tuitt - defensive end for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and former All-American at the University of Notre Dame
  • Clifford Walker - governor of Georgia from 1923 to 1927.

Economy

The east end of the City of Monroe on Unisa Drive contains multiple industries.

  • Hitachi automotive systems of America
  • Tucker Door and Trim
  • Arkansas-headquartered Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.'s southeast Walmart Distribution Center
  • Leggett & Platt Corporation

Education

Walton County School District

The Walton County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and four high schools. The district has 675 full-time teachers and over 10,368 students.

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